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Lowville town supervisor plans run for second term

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LOWVILLE — Lowville’s town supervisor plans to run for a second term this fall.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past 16 months,” said Randall A. Schell, a former Lewis County probation director. “I would look forward to a couple more years.”

Nobody else has announced plans to run for the two-year post.

Mr. Schell, a Republican, two years ago ran unopposed after longtime Supervisor Arleigh D. Rice decided not to seek an 11th term.

After earning the elected post, Mr. Schell retired at the end of 2011 from the county Probation Department, where he had worked since 1975 and as its director since 1986.

“It’s fun,” Mr. Schell said of the supervisor post. “It’s challenging. It gives me the opportunity to meet people, see people and stay connected to the community.”

One of the challenges facing the town is staying within the constraints of the state tax cap legislation each year.

“We certainly want to do everything we can to stay under that,” Mr. Schell said.

He said he hopes to continue working with leaders of the county, village and neighboring towns.

Town and village officials are working collaboratively in an effort to resolve ongoing water quality issues in the municipal supply, which comes from the village’s filtration plant near Crystal Dale, Mr. Schell said.

Several initiatives, including coordinated flushing, have helped bring water quality closer to compliance with the stringent federal and state guidelines, he said.

And the village has agreed to bill the town for flushed water at its base rate, rather than the 1 times rate that town customers typically are charged, Mr. Schell said.

“That’s been a cooperative effort,” he said.

The town and village also have undertaken energy-efficiency projects, including installation of new lights at their shared municipal building, as well as switching from heating oil to natural gas service to achieve further energy savings, Mr. Schell said.

The town is planning to switch the town garage to natural gas, as well.

Town leaders must continue to monitor the condition of its roads and bridges and try to help foster continued residential and commercial development to expand the tax base, Mr. Schell said.

“One way you do that is by keeping taxes down and providing infrastructure,” he said.

The Arthur Road resident is a member of the Pratt-Northam Foundation board of directors, Lowville Lions Club, Lowville Elks Lodge, Lowville Masons and Lowville United Methodist Church.

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